Last night, for part of my supper, I peeled and ate a navel orange, which was sweet and good and convenient. I didn’t think much about it until later.
Late last night, I was watching BBC news, about the Boston marathon bombing. I’d heard earlier, on other news, that one suspect had been killed by police and another suspect had been injured. I haven’t read the news today. Even talking to someone can be so distracting. Jesus said He will keep in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Him.
After I turned off BBC news last night, after I heard the bombing suspects were from Russia, I thought of a book called “Inside Russia Today” by John Gunther. The book’s first copyright is 1957. The map inside is labeled “The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.” The book belonged to my paternal grandmother, but I got permission from my parents to have the book, which I’m saving for my son, who likes old books, and history.
I saw on the cover of the book “Youth in Ferment” about some of the topics in the book. I started skimming through to a chapter called “Some Soviet Attitudes.”
The “Attitudes Toward the USA” sub-title, page 74 (hardback edition) explains that most Russians thought that only rich American males go to college, and that most of America is run by big business.
Here’s the last line of that paragraph, which stunned and saddened me: “I have heard a Russian boy ask quite seriously, ‘Are there mountains in America?’ and ‘Do you have oranges?’”
I put the book down. I couldn’t read anymore. I picked up another book called “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith. I had marked the page with a gift bookmark (received in the mail) from the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The detective story is set in Botswana, Africa. The lady detective is learning her father’s story, through his voice. Her father had to leave his country to work somewhere else. On page 26, paperback edition, it says this: “You could never tell; there are many sadnesses in the hearts of men who are far away from their countries.”